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May 24, 2024

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Succinct – Precinct

The word for today is – SUCCINCT – which means – SHORT AND CONCISE, COMPRESSED INTO A SMALL AREA. The Romans wore tunics which generally came below the knee; when, they worked in the fields they tucked the tunic up into the belt so that they were unhindered by its length.

The word – PRECINCT has the same etymology. It is a part or region that is enclosed; a surrounding area. The Latin word – CINCTURA – means – BELT. The Latin verb – CINGERE – means- TO SURROUND, TO GIRD.

Hence when the Romans tucked their tunic under the belt, they placed the garment – SUB – UNDER and CINCTURA – BELT. In other words they shortened it.